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Travel Tuesday

Today, I decided to dedicate this blog post not to a particular destination but to the journey itself: traveling and the life changing experiences that come with it.

I consider myself a cultured individual, therefore I love to travel.  Or is it the other way around? Do I, like many, travel and therefore become a cultured individual? What came first, the chicken or the egg? The beauty of it is that they go hand in hand. To travel is to explore, to learn, and to discover.

Traveling has no limits. You could take a road trip to Seattle, backpack through Europe, or take a 20 hour flight to India–in all scenarios you embark on a path of self discovery as well as world discovery. There is nothing like traveling to provide knowledge, understanding, and a new outlook on the world that we live in. The people we meet, the cultures we learn about, the languages we speak, and the amazing history that is behind Rome, Moscow, Cairo, and Beijing is just a small part of what traveling can provide. We are all interconnected, and to experience this first hand you have to take a dive into a place that someone else calls home.

Travel writer Pico Iyer said it best, “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed.”

The curiosity, motivation, and hunger to unveil something new for yourself is what matters most.

Why do YOU love to travel? What is your next destination?

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    • Why do I travel? There are a lot of reasons — I like to see the things I’ve read about. Seeing the Forum in Rome made all my Latin classes come alive. When I visited the National Portrait Gallery in London and saw the portrait of King Charles II he became a real person, not just a character in Forever Amber. I remember when I went to St. Mark’s in Venice… My music history lessons about the the antiphonal style of the St. Mark’s school suddenly became clear as glass! Travel solidifies education.

      Food is another reason I love travel. There’s nothing quite like eating Italian food in Italy or French food in France. It’s wonderful to eat traditional foods in the country of origin. You get such an appreciation of the culture — and you can make so many new friends over a plate of food and a glass of wine. Language barriers become less pronounced when everyone is eating something good.

      Travel makes the world smaller — not because you get to see things you’ve only read about or heard of, but because you discover the commonality of all people. We all enjoy beauty and food. We are all proud of our homes and cultures. We all want to share what’s great about where we live. Travel provides the opportunity for us to realize we have so much in common with people we thought were so different as to be alien. This can truly be revelatory! And it’s one of the best things about travel. We’re all human and for all our differences, we are all so much the same.

      • Hello Emilie,

        Thank you so much for your great comment! I couldn’t agree more with your reasons for traveling, it’s such a great experience to learn more about the world that we live in. It is very true that it allows us to discover the commonality of people. Thank you for sharing!
        Do you have any upcoming traveling plans?

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